Environmental Health

Retail Food

OUTDOOR SEATING AFTER NOVEMBER 30, 2020

The NJDOH has recently been advised by the NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) that NJ’s Uniform Construction Code (UCC) requires that a permit be acquired from the local code enforcement official(s) whenever tents are used after November 30th of each year.  The permit is required so that code enforcement officials can evaluate the tent(s) for structural stability when encountering stress from wind, rain, and snow.

Therefore, as of December 1, 2020, retail food establishment operators, seeking to use tents, plastic domes or igloos to continue offering outdoor dining, may be required to obtain a permit from the local code enforcement official(s).

For further guidance, see the following webpage: Department of Community Affairs COVID-19 Information and DCA news release for Outdoor Dining

 

COVID-19 FDA BEST PRACTICES FOR RETAIL FOOD STORES, RESTAURANTS AND FOOD PICK-UP AND DELIVERY SERVICES

On April 9, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued information and best practices for retail food stores, restaurants, and pick-up and delivery services during the pandemic to protect workers and customers.

The first is a factsheet on Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up and Delivery Services During the COVID 19 Pandemic. This information addresses key considerations for how foods offered at retail can be prepared safely and delivered to the public, as well as key best practices for employee health and personal hygiene, cleaning and sanitizing.  

The companion to the factsheet is a summary infographic that offers at-a-glance information on how to: Be Healthy, Be Clean; Clean & Disinfect; Social Distance and Pick-Up & Delivery.

Many of the above noted FDA Best Practices are now mandatory in New Jersey under Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #122.

 

CONSUMER ADVISORY

 

Last Reviewed: 7/13/2021